Panel Discussion - Bounce Forward

Panel Discussion

Bounce Forward hosted an online panel discussion to explore the scale of the COVID-19 impact, and how we are reacting. Can we use the highly challenging period to learn and grow, or do we allow it to soak us up?

COVID-19 seemed to appear from nowhere and has impacted pretty much every aspect of everyday life. Some argue that suffering, failure, setbacks have transformative power and positive psychology has embraced the process, calling it Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG) – or the self-improvement one undergoes after experiencing life challenges.

We have an opportunity post COVID-19, to allow our children to grow from the experience and be remembered as the generation who grew from the pandemic, richer, stronger, nicer human beings

Research strongly shows that teaching healthy minds in schools makes a difference in general health and life satisfaction in children, and school plays a huge part in how happy we are as adults.

Panel Line Up

  • Mark Easton Home Editor for the BBC will chair the discussion.
  • Professor Lord Layard is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics.
  • Lord Gus O’Donnell served Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron as Cabinet Secretary and Head of Civil Service from 2005 to 2011.
  • Sophie Corlett is Director of External Relations at MIND, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales.
  • Dr Saima Rana is Principal at Westminster Academy
  • Lord David Triesman is Group Director at Salamanca Group, previously responsible for the Prime Minister’s political organisation; served as Under-Secretary of State in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office; and later in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.
  • Lucy Bailey CEO of Bounce Forward, the hosting charity that specialises in practical resilience training for schools.

Bounce Forward continues on its mission to see resilience and healthy minds taught professionally as part of core education. The training is now also available on-line.

Teach Resilience
A 1-day online training that fully prepares staff to teach six evidence-based resilience lessons, three follow-up sessions are included to support the teaching and learning once school starts.

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Raise Resilience
Six 1-hour sessions for parents to explore and build resilience. Parents receive valuable learning materials for their children that will help and support children to deal with life beyond the pandemic.

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